While this season has been slightly disappointing in its unfocused storytelling and confusion as to what to do with all of the characters, the past couple of episodes have been surprisingly strong.
The patients this week were certainly the standouts, particularly the young boy who needed a kidney and ended up getting one from his estranged father. This led to some intense and nerve-wracking scenes as the doctors struggled to make the right decisions, all the while the shift in the hospital’s new regime continued to make things worse. If only the unsubtle parallels to Jo’s past weren’t a huge part of this subplot – but I guess we can’t always have nice things.
Additionally, the Jane Doe with schizophrenia meeting her parents for the first time in over 20 years was just as riveting, if not heartbreaking. Again, the parallels between this storyline and Riggs’ missing-but-presumed-dead girlfriend were uncanny, and I’ll be disappointed if this was foreshadowing to Megan’s eventual return. But if this was just a means for Riggs and Maggie to grow a bit closer and we got a touching medical case in the process, then that’s more than acceptable.
Finally, how awesome were Meredith and Bailey in this episode? Their civilized discussions were fascinating to watch as it’s always interesting to see the dynamic between these two constantly change year after year. Plus, the fact that the goosebumps-worthy Ellis Grey score was playing in the background as Meredith iterated that she does not want to be her mother made this all the more impactful. Can we get a Meredith/Bailey/Richard scene every week, please?
Bits & Scalpels
– The show still has no idea what to do with Amelia, or Owen and Amelia. Seeing her crash at Meredith, Alex and Maggie’s was fun, but she’s still useless.
– Chilling moment when the mother realizes that her daughter is actually alive. She’d actually arrived to the hospital thinking she was going to see a corpse!
– Remember the psych doctor? He still works at the hospital!
– Love the unusual setting for all the Meredith/Bailey scenes. When was the last time Bailey was actually at the house?
– Incredible performance by Christie Lynn Smith as the boy’s mother. I wish we’d seen more of her in the end.
– I’m definitely warming up to Eliza more (thank God), but her and Arizona kissing in the end is not something I’m too stoked about.
– Meredith and Maggie’s final scene only means that the Mer/Riggs/Maggie drama is returning next time. Who else isn’t excited at all?
– Thank you, Grey’s Anatomy, for introducing me to Aron Wright’s music, which is beautifully tear-jerking.
– If you’re wondering what the Ellis Grey score is (or what’s also called the MerDer score), listen to it here.
Meredith: If I want to keep someone in my life, I keep them in my life. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t know how to get rid of them.
Maggie: I told you to think of this as a vacation.
Amelia: (looking at a pair of socks) These are all folded wrong.
Meredith: Vacation or prison?
Bailey: There’s a difference between loyalty and stubbornness, Grey.
Richard: Meredith, go back. Don’t waste another day, not for me.
Meredith: I want to, but every time I try, I keep hearing my mother’s voice saying “Meredith, it’s Richard”.
Richard: Well, that’s very nice, but we both know that your mother would never put me before her career.
Meredith: True. But I’m supposed to be better than her. Isn’t that the point, be better? I can’t be like her.
Meredith (closing voiceover): I don’t do reunions, but I can see why people do. They can make you feel like you haven’t felt in a long time. Comfy. Familiar. Kind of like coming home. You see how people turned out. If they realized their hopes and dreams. Or if they have lost their hopes and dreams. Or maybe you see if they have found what we all should find. Brand new hopes and dreams.
People Say by Seramic
Don’t Play Games by Aron Wright
Sorry by Aquilo
Intense at times and emotional at others, this was a strong hour of a season that’s finally bouncing back after a rough start.